CMWD Ousts Longtime Concessionaire

By Logan Hall

The Casitas Municipal Water District board of directors has unanimously decided to terminate the contract with Lake Casitas Park Store owner and valley resident Norm Smith because of a breech of protocol regarding Smith’s boat. Due to the lingering threat of the quagga mussel, all boats arriving at the lake must be cleared by park staff before entering the gates. According to authorities, Smith, who was unable to attend the board meeting, had a key to the front gate and brought his boat through after normal operating hours without park

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